Another time to shine in Les Miserables
ACTOR Rob Hickey is a self-confessed Les Miserables fan so when he found out Gosford Musical Society was about to stage the much-loved musical, he knew he had to be part of it - again.
Hickey, 64, is no stranger to the musical and this will be the third time he's been involved in the show, which returns to the Central Coast for the first time in nearly two decades.
But while he was front and centre in its previous incarnations, Robert is more than happy to hand over the main role for the October 18 to November 10 run of the show at the Laycock Street Community Theatre.
"I originally was Jean Valjean," he said of the first two Gosford Musical Society Les Mis productions in 1993 and 2001.
"I'm probably a bit too old to play Jean Valjean this time.
"I'm playing about six different roles."
However Robert, who has been with the group for the past 30 years, said he knew he had to be part of the production, which was one of his favourites, and he was enjoying the beautiful music of the chorus.
Set during the French uprising, Les Mis - which Robert believes is more opera than musical - tells the story of prisoner Jean Valjean and the police inspector Javert who tries to hunt him down for breaking parole.
After ignoring the plight of one of his workers, Fantine, he takes in her daughter, Cosette, who has been at the mercy of the Thenadiers - two evil innkeepers.
Cosette falls into a love triangle with Marius, a student, and Eponine, the Thenardiers' daughter, against the backdrop of a bloody rebellion.
Based on Victor Hugo's novel, Les Mis reminds us that "even the darkest night will end and the sunwill rise".
Robert said this production would feature some of the Coast's finest talent, including Todd Keys as Javert, Simon Castle as Jean Valjean and Sancia West as Fantine.
This 25th anniversary production has a re-orchestrated score and modernised staging.
Les Mis will be on from October 18 to November 10 at Laycock Street Community Theatre, North Gosford. Phone (02) 4323 3233 for tickets.